Postdoc with a strong background in Neuroscience

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Thomas Kim Lab at DANDRITE and The Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invite applications for a position as a Postdoc in the field of Neuroscience as of 1 October 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a 3-year full-time position.

About DANDRITE and Thomas Kim Lab

DANDRITE performs basic and translational research in neuroscience and brain disorders. We aim at unraveling the mechanisms that explain cellular communication and computation networks in brain circuitries, and how these are affected in neurodevelopment and neurological and psychiatric disorders. DANDRITE is the Danish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, which is a joint venture between the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Universities of Helsinki/Finland, Oslo/Norway, Umea/Sweden, and Aarhus/Denmark. The four nodes of the Partnership adhere to the EMBL model for research organization, training, and evaluation, and are primarily organized by Group Leader programs defining research bottom-up. The Partnership provides joint access to research infrastructures, including databases, facilities, and instrumentation, as well as to clinical materials, networks, and training activities.As a Group Leader at DANDRITE Thomas Kim’s laboratory’s core focus is on deciphering the molecular mechanisms and functions of diverse cell states and types in the context of neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration. We strive to generate hypotheses utilizing data science that can be experimentally tested in the lab.

About the research project

Our neurodegeneration project aims to investigate the molecular mechanisms that regulate various microglial states in neurodegenerative diseases and assess the potential of targeting these populations as a therapeutic strategy.Our neurodevelopment project is focused on understanding the specification of the hypothalamus, which plays a vital role in regulating innate behaviors and physiological homeostasis. To accomplish this, we will employ multi-omic methods and utilize in vitro and in vivo functional genomic approaches.

Your job responsibilities

As Postdoc in Thomas Kim’s lab, your position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments. You will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your project, where you will receive supervision and guidance.Your main tasks will consist of:

  • Independent research of high international quality, including publication.
  • Candidates with strong backgrounds in neuroscience (neurodevelopment or neurodegeneration) are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous experience with one or more of the criteria would be beneficial – bioinformatics (single-cell Omics methods), iPSC, organoid, animal behavior, optogenetics, virus-mediated circuit tracing, neuroanatomy.

You will report to Group Leader, Dr. Thomas Kim.

Your competences

To qualify, candidates should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, with expertise in one or more of the following research areas: molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience (neurodevelopment or neurodegeneration), and bioinformatics. We are looking for a candidate who aspires to establish their own laboratory in the future.As a person, you have good interpersonal skills, are inclusive and team-oriented and able to contribute to a good work environment. We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English.In order to be assessed as qualified for a Postdoc position, you must meet these academic criteria.

Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University

The Department of Biomedicine prioritizes diversity and a good work environment, as this is a prerequisite for groundbreaking research. In a diverse and international research environment, dedicated employees are looking to generate new knowledge within biomedical research areas such as infection and inflammation, membranes, neuroscience, and personalized medicine. The Department of Biomedicine provides research-based teaching of the highest quality and is responsible for a large part of the medical degree program. Academic staff contribute to the teaching. English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings, and at seminars. The department employs approx. 500 people from all over the world, and they make use of the department’s modern laboratory-, core- and animal facilities. The Department of Biomedicine focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration with business and industry, and numerous researchers from the department have established companies to develop new medicinal treatments founded on professional scientific basic research. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.

Questions about the position

If you have any questions about the position, please contactGroup Leader, Dr. Thomas Kim, place of work will be the Department of Biomedicine, Ole Worms Allé 6, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.Deadline for submission of application is 15 August 2023.Shortlisting will be used

Terms of employment


Your application must include the following:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • Template for applicant – postdoc
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted (optional)
  • Research plan can be uploaded (optional)
  • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded (optional)
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system (optional)

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

International applicant?

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including assistance with relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about the International Staff Office and the range of services here. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Association and offers career development support. You can read more about these resources here.The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.